Dave Smallen is research psychologist with a focus on studying and communicating about relationships and human connection. He holds a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dave's writing appears in outlets such as Salon and Psychology Today and his research in journals such as the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and the Journal of Family Psychology.

Dave was born and raised in Oakland, CA, and prior to training as a social scientist worked as musician and songwriter with both independent and major label (Capitol Records) releases. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, baby, and rescue pup, teaches psychology, and makes visual art.